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Wm. E. Boucher Banjo  c. 1850 
 


 

26" scale length with a 3.25" deep 12 inch rim.  Has a rich deep tone when tuned to minstrel tunings of the 19th Century.

 

Price: $1800

includes:

Curly maple neck
Curly  maple rim veneer
8 cast brass Boucher brackets.
Aged brass hardware.
Premium calfskin head
Rosewood or ebony tailpiece.
Ebony tuning pegs.

Extras:

Rosewood fingerboard....add $100
Renaissance head.....no charge
Fitted hard-shell case....add $100
 

 



 

 

 

 

William Esperance Boucher Jr.
began making
banjos in his Baltimore
musical instrument factory around 1848. 


Union Cavalry Soldier with Boucher Banjo, ca. 1864.
Ferrotype, courtesy of Edwin Sims

His banjo gained widespread distribution during the middle of the 19th Century. They were commonly used in Minstrel Shows and carried by soldiers of both sides during the Civil War.
 


from Boucher business card courtesy of Bob Sayers